“Wagyu Olympic” in Japan
There is 全国和牛能力共進会 (Zenkoku Wagyu Nouryoku Kyoushinkai usually abbreviated to 全共 (Zenkyo)), which is the biggest wagyu fair in Japan. Zenkyo is also known as Wagyu Olympic as this fair is held only every five years. Each prefecture in Japan competes in two main categories: breed improvement and meat quality.
Wagyu Olympic has long history and has started back in 1966. The next Wagyu Olympic will be held in October 2020 in Kagoshima, Japan.
Categories of Wagyu Olympic
There are two main categories, breed improvement and meat quality. There are also sub categories, mainly categorized by the age and gender of cattle.
- Breed Improvement
Compete on how well the breed is by its size, growth, body proportion etc.
- Meat Quality
Compete on yield, meat quality, and quality of marble. Meat grading system (such as A5) is used for yield and meat quality. For quality of marble, amount of monounsaturated fatty acid is measured.
Branded Wagyu and Prefectures
This is not really a competition among branded wagyu since most prefectures have more than one branded wagyu. But, some branded wagyu has strong link to prefectures.
Examples: Link of Branded Wagyu and Prefecture
Learn more: Branded Wagyu
Results of Wagyu Olympics
Miyazaki Prefecture, which has strong relation to Miyazaki Beef, has won in recent three Wagyu Olympics, and its name has gained reputation in Japan and also outside of Japan (Miyazaki Beef was served in the Academy Awards ceremony!).
Learn more: Miyazaki Beef
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- “Miyazaki Number One In Japan! First Time In History To Win Three Times In A Row” Miyazaki Prefecture. https://www.pref.miyazaki.lg.jp/shinsei-chikusan/shigoto/chikusangyo/zenkyo2017.html (Japanese, external link)
- Zenkoku Wagyu Nouryoku Kyoushinkai. http://cus4.zwtk.or.jp/zenkyo/ (Japanese, external link)